Carter challenges Marx for mayor
January 25, 2012
San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx announced Tuesday she plans to run for reelection in November and within 24 hours Councilman Andrew Carter challenged her as expected.
“I have shown I have the know how, experience, long time community involvement and positive approach to lead the city as mayor,” Marx said in her announcement. “I am excited and encouraged by the progress made so far, and believe a second term as mayor would bring great benefit to the city. To make the honor of extending my service possible, I am throwing my hat in the ring.”
Marx noted her commitment to preserve SLO’s small city atmosphere saying she is a long time opponent of sprawl policies. Both Marx and Carter contend they are the best person for mayor because of their financial abilities.
“I have worked hard to preserve residents’ priorities and protect the city’s coffers, during these difficult financial times,” Marx said. “I am proud of the city’s 2011-2013 financial plan, which, for the first time, included a ‘budget driven’ employee compensation goal, namely a 6.8 percent reduction.”
In his announcement, Carter said that in November the voters will have a chance to elect the candidate they trust to lead them during a time of budget shortfalls.
“Given the difficult economic times, it’s a question of financial leadership,” Carter said. “Who do voters want to manage the city budget? Who do they trust with the spending of city tax dollars?
“Based on my proven financial skills, my leadership in getting binding arbitration overturned in the city, and my focus on controlling city costs, particularly pension costs, I believe the voters will choose me for mayor instead of Jan,” Carter added.